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CAC Program Board Sponsors Jazz, Lunch

By Brett Altschul

In working to improve student life, the Campus Activities Complex Program Board is sponsoring "Take a Professor to Lunch Week" this week, while another subcommittee of the board continues to provide varied musical entertainment in the 24-Hour Coffee House.

The Coffee House Series Committee of the Program Board looks to provide programs every week in the Coffee House, said Jason R. Dailey '99, who serves as the chair of the board. "The April Coffee House Series has a total of 11 events ranging from jazz to a capella to classical," he said.

This week, the committee for recreational and educational activities, another part of the board, is organizing "Invite a Professor to Lunch Week," Dailey said.

The event, designed to foster greater friendship and communication between students and faculty, allows students to receive coupons for use at Aramark facilities on campus and at several participating restaurants.

Participating professors don buttons advertising that they have not yet been asked to lunch. Aspiring students may then invite the professor to lunch, availing themselves of the discount coupons.

The committee is also planning several other events this semester, Dailey said. Among those are a day-long bus trip to Kittery, Maine over Patriot's Day Weekend.

Spring Concert canceled

In past years, the Student Center Committee was responsible for organizing the Spring Concert, normally held during Spring Weekend. The SCC disbanded last spring after financial problems, and although the Program Board has assumed many of the SCC's duties, they will not be holding a Spring Concert this year.

"There was no space available over Spring Weekend in which we could hold the concert," Dailey said. "Specifically, Kresge and Sala were not available."

However, the board will be holding the finals of the Battle of the Bands and other events during the Spring Weekend, he said. "Furthermore, the Program Board has also been working with the Undergraduate Association Social Council and other groups such as Alpha Phi Omega to coordinate Spring Weekend."

The concert will be returning next year. "We will be able to have a great Spring Concert that will cater to the majority of the students. We already have the space," Dailey said.

Board takes over SCC projects

Since the board was formed only last fall, "this year has been a year of transition for the CAC Program Board," Dailey said. "However, I feel that we have made great strides in starting an organization that will not only improve programming on campus but will also help to create a sense of school spirit and community at MIT. Overall, I am very pleased with how this year has gone."

Sponsoring events with other groups on campus, like the Medlinks on Valentine's Day, really helps foster cohesion among different components of the MIT community, said Rick Gresh, graduate assistant for programs of the CAC.

The board's major focus this year was establishing its place in the community, Dailey said. "We have had to concentrate on membership and how we will operate as an organization."

The new board hopes to develop more activities to unite the community, Dailey said. Hopefully, the activities will "forge links between different MITorganizations and foster school spirit, which is currently lacking at MIT."

"To get students to just sit down and play and socialize that way is a big step," said Ted E. Johnson, assistant director for programs in the CAC.

Most of the activities put on by the Program Board are organized by a subcommittee, and the different committees are always on the lookout for student input, Dailey said.

The Student Center Gameroom and the 24-Hour Coffee House, which were administered by the SCC, are not under the control of the board, Dailey said. The Coffee House in particular was responsible for a large portion of the SCC's losses.

"Now, they are run through the CAC, not by the Program Board itself," he said.